Sounds from the Bucket

By Words in the Bucket | Throughout history, music has been a tool for rebellion, revolution and political change. In this magazine, the WIB team aims to remember the way in which music has been influential in political movements and protest. We would like people to find out more about the history of famous songs and their impact.

New Year's Day - U2

<b>New Year’s Day</b> is a song by Irish rock band <b>U2</b>. It is included in their 1983 album <b>War</b> and it was released as the album’s lead single in January …

New Year's Day

Music in Exile

“I am sorry if you don’t understand what we are saying in our songs, I will try and explain”, said Aliou Tourè, lead singer of Malian band Songhoy …

Tracy Chapman - Behind the Wall

In honour of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, recurring tomorrow, 25th November, WiB looks at Tracy Chapman’s …

One Love- Bob Marley

<b>One Love</b> is a reggae song by <b>Bob Marley & The Wailers</b> from their 1977 album <b>Exodus</b>. It was first recorded in a “ska style” by Marley’s original group,</i> …

As Long as the Grass Shall Grow - Johnny Cash

<b>As Long as the Grass Shall Grow</b> is a song by Johnny Cash, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music …

Tom Lehrer- Pollution

Seldom do the circumstances require and endorse the use of the adverb “seldom”, furthermore repeatedly, and even more seldom do the circumstances …

I was born in Palestine - Emel Mathlouthi

<i>“Emel Mathlouthi’s voice feels as if a bird’s heart was set on fire by the deepest point of the ocean, a fire that none can extinguish except the</i> …

Idioteque - Radiohead

<i>Idioteque</i> is a song by English rock band Radiohead, featured as the eighth trachk from their 2000 album Kid A. Although never released as a single as …

Thom Yorke

Robert Wyatt - Lullaby for Hamza

According to Shakespeare’s King Lear, “when we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools”. After coming into this world on the …

War

Mother Nature's Son - The Beatles

“<i>If a man is able to submit himself to nature, then nature will react to his needs. Almighty nature is all powerful and all loving, for the laws of</i> …

Transcendental Meditation

Prisoner for an idea.

<i>‘Any person who is physically restrained (by imprisonment or otherwise) from expressing (in any form of words or symbols) an opinion which he</i> …

Phil Ochs - Iron Lady

Phil Ochs was an American topical folk singer-songwriter, most active, politically and artistically, in the 1960’s counterculture era. His strenuous …

Society

<b>Music from the Motion Picture: Into the Wild</b>, is the debut solo studio album by Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder, and is based on his contributions to …

Korea Blues- J.B. Lenoir

J.B Lenoir was one of the protagonists of the Chicago blues scene of the 50s and 60s. His zebra patterned suit, and high-pitched voice could be …

Reagan - Killer Mike

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the …

People have the power - Patti Smith

<b>People have the power</b>, is probably one of the most famous and powerful protest songs of all time. It was written by Patti Smith and her late husband, …

Linaje Originarios- Condor Pasa

Emberà is a language that is spoken by approximately 80,000 people. It is an indigenous language of Colombia and Panama and like many indigenous …

The sound of resistance under Trump

Since the announcement of Donald Trump’s candidature, the music panorama has produced an unprecedented wave of protest songs in the US.<p>What makes …

Billie Joe Armstrong

Be aware brother, be aware sister - Rokia Traoré

According to William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the number of migrants that arrived in …

Jim Crow and the blues

<i>“Come listen all you galls and boys,<br>I’m going to sing a little song,<br>My name is Jim Crow.<br>Weel about and turn about and do jis so,<br>Eb’ry time I weel</i> …

The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson

“<b>The Beautiful People</b>” is a song by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released as the lead single from the band’s second studio album,</i> …

Politik Kills - Manu Chao

José Manuel Arturo Tomás Chao Ortega, known as singer and songwriter Manu Chao, was born in France in 1961 from Spanish parents who were forced to …

First We Take Manhattan - Leonard Cohen

This has been an incredibly tough week. Donald Trump’s winning of the US elections against Hilary Clinton has been a shock for the whole world, and …

Sheep | Animals - Pink Floyd

Today is the third and last episode of our Sounds from the Bucket series dedicated to <b>Animals.</b><p>Loosely based on George Orwell‘s political fable <i>Animal</i> …

Pink Floyd

Pigs (Three Different Ones) | Animals - Pink Floyd

Today is the second episode of our Sounds from the Bucket series dedicated to <b>Animals.</b><p>Loosely based on George Orwell‘s political fable <i>Animal Farm</i>, the …

Dogs | Animals - Pink Floyd

<i>Animals</i> is the tenth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 23 January 1977.<p>It is a concept album that provides a scathing …

Pink Floyd

One Day - Matisyahu

The song <i>“One Day”</i> was first released as a single in 2008 by American-Jewish artist Matisyahu (born Matthew Paul Miller), known for his reggae and …

Know Your Rights- The Clash

A mockery of society – in typical punk rock style- ‘<i>Know Your Rights’</i> by English punk rock band The Clash truly speaks for itself. Released as the …

Rights & Freedoms

Boom! - System of a Down

At a time where war is very much a reality and part of the daily experiences of millions of people in different parts of the world, the song <i>Boom!</i> is …